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Old 12-03-2017, 07:33 PM
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Similar thread from a short while back
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Built an off-plan 9A with too much fuel and too much HP. Should drop dead any minute now.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:15 PM
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My longest (time) flight leg was from Evanston, WY to Ramona, CA. About 575nm in under 4.5 hours. Landed with with an hours fuel left (7 gallons). That's about as far as I ever want to push the fuel window. Always have an hours worth of fuel. Filled up with 29 gallons.

Longest (distance) flight leg was from Ramona to Logan, UT 585nm, but we had a nice tailwind and got there in 4.25 hours.
My preference is to look to land every 2-3 hours. Nice to get out and stretch the legs, bio break, eat something.

Longest day of flying has been Ramona to Ankeny, IA on the way to Oshkosh. 8+ hours can be quite tiring, so I don't recommend much more than that.

Who's got the Iron Butt award here for longest flight time in a single day (in a -9)? Vlad?
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:11 PM
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I can see a lot of people are not leaning very aggressively for cross country’s.
My longest flight was Portland, OR to Santa Maria, CA; 775 SM, 4 Hrs 48 min, burning 5.5 gph during cruise at 10,500 ft. Ran WOT, 2300 RPM, running LOP, 165 mph TAS. Still had 6 gal left.
Man I had to go pee when we got there!
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:13 AM
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Originally Posted by bruceh View Post


Who's got the Iron Butt award here for longest flight time in a single day (in a -9)? Vlad?
I believe Kahuna and Co. did couple crazy runs a while ago I couldn't beat
Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:57 AM
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Default RV9A Cross Country

I flew yesterday from BMG (Bloomington Indiana) to GMU (Greenville SC)at 7,500 with 18 Kts tail wind. It took 2.1 hours 388nm used 14.1 gallons. I fly this trip often. The RV9A is so nice and stable. I flew this back 2 years ago form Kelowna BC where I bought it. Our longest leg was 688nm with a 45 kt tail wind just over 4.3 hours!! Just love this plane!
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Old 12-04-2017, 09:57 AM
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El Paso to Wichita, 631 NM, 29 gal, I had a tailwind, 4:05 hr. I was happy to get out.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:04 PM
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720 NM at 159 KTAS while burning 5.2 GPH.

Yep, they have long legs.

That flight was up at 17.6' DA and running LOP. I trued out at 159 but had a good push.

When I ran the numbers, I could have made it and still landed with well over an hour's worth of fuel had there been no tailwind.

The -9 really likes to go high!

Here's the link to that flight, with pictures.
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Old 12-04-2017, 08:10 PM
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As a long time lurker here those numbers are really making me jealous. Can’t wait to someday get a 9A. I fly a 182 now, lots of room but a bit harder on the pocketbook.
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